Felix O. Okatch is a DBA (Doctor of Business Administration) student, research stage, at Catholic University of Eastern Africa. He holds an MBA from Assam Don Bosco University and B.Comm (Hons) from University of Nairobi.
Currently he is Chairman of Audit and Risk committee of Council.
He is also the Chairman of Association of Professional Societies in East Africa (APSEA). He serves in the board of Kenya Reinsurance Corporation. Professionally is a member of Kenya Institute of Management (KIM) and Institute of Directors (IOD), Kenya chapter.
He has published many articles on corporate governance and finance. His latest book on marketing is “Marketing Management, Integrated Perspectives,” (2017) published by Kenya Literature Bureau.
Mr. Okatch is a multilateral trade expert and has travelled widely in Africa, Western Europe and South East Asia.
Michael’s works has always been and continues to be about empowering Africa’s Forgotten Bottom Millions. Leads and works around initiatives around economic empowerment, serving in varying sectors across platforms amongst interdisciplinary sectors within governments, NGO’s and the private sector, in Africa and globally.
Member of the Distributed Ledgers and Artificial Intelligence Taskforce, Ministry of ICT, after completing his role as Minister responsible for the docket of Communication, Information and Technology – County Government of Kisumu. He’s also a Global Fellow – Social Innovation (Rockefeller Foundation), Skoll Foundation Fellow 2019 and previously served as a within the wider creative industries sector, immensely contributed to developing The Road Map for Kenya’s creative industries sector, in collaboration with IBM, positioning the sector as a catalyst to Kenya’s economic growth, outlining how to double Kenya’s current creative industries contribution to GDP.
His formal academic background is in the Sciences (BSc Andrews Michigan), while his work history has primarily been within ICT and policy since 1994.
Kibara is a governance and constitutional law expert. He is currently a consultant with Capacity Development Institute, a policy, research and training institution. In that capacity he has consulted for many local and international organisations including the government ministries, independent constitutional commissions, the Judiciary, the European Union, IGAD and United Nation Agencies.
He is former Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Justice, National Cohesion and Constitutional Affairs in Kenya. He previously served as the Secretary for Justice and Constitutional Affairs and Director of Legal Affairs in the Ministry. Kibara has also served as Executive Director of the Centre for Governance and Development (CGD) and the Deputy Director of the Public Law Institute (PLI).
Kibara holds bachelor and master’s degrees from the University of Nairobi and the University of South Africa respectively. He has also trained in management and leadership in many institutions including the Kenya Institute of Management and Havard University.
Kibara has written widely on governance and legal issues. His published writings includes: Kenya on the Path to Democratization?, an Interim Evaluation ( with Prof. Siegmar Schmidt),Konrad Adeneur Foundation, 2002; Regime transitions in Kenya and the institutionalization of democracy in Kenya published in the East African Journal of Human Rights and Democracy, January 2003; Challenges and Efficacy of Election Monitoring, a chapter in the University of Nairobi’s Department of Political Science publication titled ‘Transition in Kenya from KANU to NARC’; Constitutional Development in Kenya, published by Kituo Cha Katiba ( Eastern Africa Centre for Constitutional Development), 2003
Kibara is the Chairman of the NGO Coordination Board.
Hon. Praxedes Tororey holds a Master’s Degree in Women’s Law from the University of Zimbabwe. She is pursuing another Master’s Degree in Diplomacy and Foreign Policy at Moi University.
She has a Bachelor of Laws (LLB); University of Nairobi, a Diploma in International Environmental Law-making and Diplomacy; University of Joensuu, Finland and a Diploma in Women’s Law and a Diploma in Laws from the Kenya School of Law.
She also possesses Certificates in Strategic Leadership Development Programme, Corporate Governance, Management and Strategic Reform of Electoral Processes, Legal Audits, Legislative Drafting, Mediation, Arbitration, Conflict Management and Dispute Resolution.
Praxedes has over twenty-seven years of Public Service having worked in the Judiciary as a Magistrate and Head of various Court Stations during which period, she participated in the development of the Judiciary Bench Book for Magistrates in Criminal Proceedings and also developed a training manual on application of Human Rights Instruments in Courts by Judicial Officers as a Trainer on Jurisprudence of Equality.
Hon. Tororey has experience in Public Sector Management, Constitutional Development, Administration of Justice, Human Rights, Devolution, Policy and Legislative Drafting, Elections management, Management of Forests, development of National Anti-corruption frameworks and also has experience in Corporate Governance having worked closely with Boards.
Hon. Tororey also served as the Corporation Secretary and Head of Legal Services at the Kenya Forest Service (KFS) where she helped develop the Board Code of Conduct, Code of Conduct for disciplined officers, four (4) Subsidiary Legislations under the Forest Act and a litigation strategy for the Service. She also trained Forest Officers in prosecutions and oversaw their Gazettement.
She was also a Director, Legal and Public Affairs at Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC). Among other achievements, she supported the transition of Kenya’s electoral management body from ECK, IIEC to the IEBC, developed the Referendum Regulations, 2010 and the Referendum Media Guidelines of the same year.
Hon. Tororey is a member of the International Commission of Jurists (ICJ – Kenya Chapter); Law Society of Kenya (LSK); FIDA-Kenya; Kenya Women Judges Association; Associate Member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators; Trustee, Public Service Club and IPOA. She is also Member, Consolata Friends Association (Flora Chapel Branch); Vice Chairperson, One More Day for Children and a life member of the Red Cross Society of Kenya.
Praxedes has undertaken various leadership responsibilities including; Chairperson, Review of Electoral Laws Taskforce and Referendum Technical Committee (IEBC); member to the Taskforce on Review of Legal, Policy and Institutional Framework for fighting Corruption in Kenya, 2015; Secretary, Legal Reforms, Electoral Code of Conduct and Compliance Committee (IEBC); Taskforce Member, National Steering Committee on Devolved Government; Chairperson, Court Users Committee; Registrar of Titles, Ministry of Lands; and Past Secretary, Jurist of the Year – International Commission of Jurists (ICJ).
Currently, Praxedes is a Commissioner of the Independent Policing Oversight Authority where she also serves as the Chairperson of the Technical Committee of the Board. This Committee is charged with the technical functions of the Authority including Complaints Management; Investigations; Inspections, Research and Monitoring besides Legal Services.
Hon. Dalmas Otieno, EGH is the Vice Chairperson of the Salaries and Remuneration Commission having been nominated by Public Service Commission. He was first elected as the Member of Parliament for Rongo in 1988, and retained the seat until 2017. He served as Minister for Industrialization from 1988 to 1991, Minister for Manpower Planning and Employment (1991), Minister for Transport & Communications (1991-1996), and served as Minister for Public Service from 2008 to 2013. Hon. Otieno also had the honours to serve as Chairman of the African Ministers of Transport & Communications (1994-1996), and Chairman of the Establishment Committee of RASCOM (1994).
Hon. Otieno has served in various Boards and Parliamentary Committees including; Electricity Regulatory Board (1993-1994), Parliamentary Sessional Committee (1993-1996), Parliamentary Public Investment Committee (1996-1997), and Inter-Parties Parliamentary Group (IPPG) Committee on Legal and Constitution Reforms (1997).
As the Minister for Public Service, Hon. Otieno spearheaded the establishment of the Salaries and Remuneration Commission. He is also credited with the transformation of the Kenya Institute of Administration (KIA) into Kenya School of Government, a Center of Excellence that offers management training, research, consultancy and advisory services to the Public Sector. It was also during this time he moved retirement age to 60 years; developed the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Database (IPPD), Integrated Records Management System (IRMIS), Government Human Resource Information System (GHRIS), Framework for preparation of Schemes of Service, and Management Guides on Human Resource Planning and Policy Architecture (HRPPA); and established the Civil Servants Medical Scheme; established Training Revolving Fund among others.
He holds a Bachelor of Science (Applied Economics) from Makerere University, Uganda. He has also undertaken Post Graduate Courses in Economics, Insurance and Finance at the University of Nairobi. Hon. Otieno has the following professional qualifications: Associate of the Chartered Insurance Institute, London; Fellow of the Chartered Insurance Institute by Examination (FCII); and Chartered Insurance Practitioner.
FCPA Wachira is a management practitioner, consultant and trainer. He was the first Kenyan to complete the CPA examinations in Kenya and is a founder member of ICPAK, ICIFA, and CCG of which he has served as Chair at some point.
He is a Chartered Governance Professional, a Certified Public Secretary, a qualified Stock Broker and a Distinguished Toastmaster with extensive corporate finance, financial management and consulting experience spanning over 40 years.
FCPA Wachira has consulted for the ACCA on small and medium enterprises (SME), for the European Investment Bank on the tea industry, for the World Bank GTZ and DFID/British
Government. He is the Chairman of the Disciplinary Committee of the Institute of Certified Investment and Financial Analysts, the Centre for Corporate Governance, Suntra Investment Bank, UPO Ltd, a past Chairman of the Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Kenya, past member of the Council for the East, Central and South African Federation of Accountants.
He has headed teams of International Consultancy experts in the East and Central African region on assignments commissioned by the World Bank, DFID, Commonwealth Development Corporation and the European Investment Bank. He has attended international conferences on Corporate Social Responsibility, Accountancy and Small and Medium Enterprises and was instrumental in spearheading the most successful corporate governance initiative in Africa.
FCPA Wachira is the founder and Chief Executive of Wachira Irungu & Associates group of professional services and is married with children and grandchildren.’
Kellen was the first Unclaimed Financial Assets Authority Chief Executive Officer tasked with setting up the new Public Sector institution. She was responsible for receiving, safeguarding and reuniting unclaimed financial assets. Unclaimed Financial Assets Authority is the first and one of its kind in Africa. She led the strategic direction and operations of a new organization by setting up structures, policies, systems and recruiting staff. Kshs 40 billion worth of unclaimed financial assets was reported in her tenure at UFAA while 100% of valid claims lodged were reunited with their rightful owners.
Kellen has been at the helm of senior leadership positions for over 20 years. While at Citi, she held different roles including Chief Financial Officer, Head of Human Resources among others where she developed strategic financial procedures to provide the basis for management decisions and control and maintain integrity of accounting and disclosure; proactively supporting the business mission while providing independent strategic judgment necessary to meet corporate objectives and policies while ensuring compliance with applicable local and US regulatory requirements were met.
She has wide international experience in developing and delivering all aspects of Human Resources and Business strategy across Middle East, Pakistan and Africa which includes Institutional, Private, Consumer and Investment Banking businesses thereby understanding the diverse markets and driving the business strategy across the region.
Kellen currently runs her own consulting firm, Feruzi Holdings Limited, dealing with financial advisory, real estate and agribusiness.
Kellen has had over 15 years Board experience in various sectors including the Chairperson of Citibank Tanzania Limited for the last 8 years, a Director in Citibank Uganda Limited for 4 years, chaired the Citibank Kenya Provident Fund for 8 years, a director of Cititrust (Kenya) Limited, an investment advisory subsidiary of Citigroup Inc., for 12 years where she had extensive engagement with the Capital Markets Authority. A director in the Kenya Roads Board for 6 years. She sits in the Amref Health Africa Board and is Chair of Audit, Risk and Compliance Committee, a member of the Amref Flying Doctors Board. She is a founding member of the Board of Advisors of Strathmore Business School and has served as an elected council member of ICPAK.
In recognition of services rendered to Kenya, she was awarded “The Moran of the Order of the Burning Spear” (MBS) by the President of Kenya in December 2003.
Kellen is a Fellow Certified Public Accountant (FCPA (K). She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting and an MBA in Strategic Management from United States International University. She also holds an MSc in International Human Resource Management from Cranfield University in the UK. She is a PHD Candidate at Strathmore University Business School.
Phyllis Wakiaga is the Chief Executive of Kenya Association of Manufacturers (KAM). She has represented KAM on various boards including Anti- Counterfeit Agency, Kenya Industrial Property Institute, COMESA Business Council and Kenya Consumer Protection Advisory Committee. She chairs the UN Global Compact Network Kenya, Kenya Water Industrial Alliance and Industrialization and Trade Sector Board at KEPSA. She is also a Director at Kenya Electricity Generating Company.
She has been recognized as Top 40 under 40 Women by Business Daily in 2016, Top 10 Kenyan Communicators 2017, BBC Power Women Africa 2016, among the Top Africa Economic Leaders for Tomorrow on the Choiseul 100 Africa list 2018 and as one of the Most Influential People of African Decent in 2019. She is an Advocate of the High Court of Kenya and a holder of an MBA and a LLM in International Trade and Investment Law.
Education– BA –Econ, MA- Leadership Studies , Executive Leadership training in Stanford University.
Experience –Employment career spanning 36 years (1979-2015) in Development finance and insurance, the crowning of which was in Co-operative Insurance Sevices (CIS), now CIC Insurance Group which he joined in 1998 as Chief Manager, became Managing Director in 2001 and Group CEO in 2011.
He led the transformation of CIS from a very small co-operative insurer to the 3rd largest insurer out of 48 insurance companies in Kenya with 3 local subsidiaries and an Associate company in Kenya and the leading co-operative insurer in Africa with another 3 regional subsidiaries in South Sudan, Uganda, and Malawi by the time of his retirement in February 2015.
Nelson has been honored with two awards by the president of Kenya for his contribution in co-operative and insurance development; Order of the Grand Warrior (OGW) in 2005 and Moran of the Burning Spear (MBS) in 2011.
In the insurance industry he was honored with the Life Time Achievement Award in 2012. In March 2017, he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate in Leadership by the Swiss Management Academy. In April 2019, he was given the award of Fellow member of the Institute of Directors of kenya, (FmIoD).
He is past chairman of the Association of Kenya Insurers(AKI) and Vice Chairman of the following organizations; Federation of Kenya Employers(FKE), Association of Microfinance Institutions of Kenya (AMFI), and the Co-operative University College of Kenya.
He has served as board member of many local and international organizations including; Kenya Re, College of Insurance, Takaful Insurance of Africa, International Co-operative & Mutual Insurance Federation (ICMIF)- UK. He was the first chair of the African Insurance Organization (AIO) Microinsurance Working Group. In 2013, he served as a member of the Presidential Task force on Parastatal Reform.He has also served as a deacon and Church Secretary of Christ is The Answer Ministries (CITAM).
He has facilitated in a number of Centre for Corporate Governance training programmes for directors and chairmen and the Sacco Directors governance training organized by SASRA.
Currently, he is chairman of Smep Micofinance Bank; Enwealth Financial Services. He is Board member of; Kenyatta National Hospital; Africa International University (AIU), Habitat for Humanity and a trustee of Kenya Bible Translation Trust. He is also a member of the executive Audit Committee of Nyandarua County.
Nelson is a regular speaker in both local and international conferences and seminars in insurance, co-operatives, leadership; governance and retirement planning.
Lydia Muyanga Manyasi is the current Assistant Director – Education, Training and Public Awareness Department Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission. Her previous posts includes: Dissemination Officer – Kenya Red Cross Society (2004-, Media Personality – KTN (1991 – 2002), Fine Art Teacher – Jamhuri Boys and Alliance Girls High Schools (1986 -1991).
She is a holder of M. A. Communication Studies – UoN, B. Education, Fine Art – Kenyatta University, Leadership and Change Management – ESAMI, Nairobi, Methodologies in Participatory Project Planning and Management – ESAMI, Namibia Senior Management Course – Kenya School of Government (KSG), Nairobi, Strategic Leadership Development Programme – KSG, Corporate Governance – Centre for Corporate Governance. Lydia is also a motivational speaker and has a passion in developing and designing behaviour change communications.